So the votes are in and in a few short days we will know who the 2008 Heisman winner will be, but in the time being we aren’t wasting any time passing out other awards to these star players.
Last night, Dec 11th, several awards were given out to these three players.
Florida Quarterback, Tim Tebow, won his second straight Maxwell Award. Last season this two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year took home the Davey O’Brien, Maxwell, Disney’s Spirit and Sullivan awards. This year we has already taken home the WuerffelAward, which is awarded to a college football player who combines exemplary community service with athletics and academic achievement. And then last night became the second in history to become a repeat winner of the Maxwell award. If we wins the Heisman on Saturday night, he will join Archie Griffin as the only players to become two-time winners of the most prestigious individual award given in college football.
Sam Bradford wasn’t left out of the award ceremonies. He won the Davey O’Brien Award for top quarterback, beating out Texas’ Colt McCoy and Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell. Bradford will lead Oklahoma in the national championship against Tebow and the Florida Gators on Jan 8th, 2009. In the 2008 Bradford led the highest-scoring team in major college football history, while leading the nation in touchdown passes, having the highest passer rating and throwing for 4,464 yards. Also Bradford is only the second Sooner quarterback to receive this award.
Being a Texas Alumni and living in Austin, we come to my favorite and obvious choice for the Heisman this year, Colt McCoy. Unfortunately to my surprise, during the December 11th Award Ceremonies he only received one award this year, The Walter Camp Player of the Year, leading the All-American team. Although previously this week, he won the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year Award.
Here’s an interesting fact!!! The last time all the Heisman Finalists were quarterbacks was back in 2001. This was the year Nebraska’s Eric Crouch won the award and quarterbacks held the first six spots!!!
So back to the Heisman. We can make our assumptions as to who is the most deserving of this distinguished award or who will take it home, but until Saturday night we won’t know for sure. But to whoever wins and who ever loses, congratulations to each of you for their your amazing performances and making 2008 a surprising and exciting football season.